Swinging Our Way to Victory: American Popular Music of the World War II Era with Kevin Comtois

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Date/Time
Thursday, Jun 22, 2017, 7:30 pm

Location
Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

Kevin Comtois will review early 20th century American popular music and show how this music reflected the diversity of American musical culture. Kevin will examine how the subject matter, style and purpose of American music evolved with the eruption of World War II. He will address issues of race, gender, patriotism, ideology, religion, and technology in American culture through the prism of American popular music of the World War II era.

Kevin currently teaches Advanced Placement United States History, American Government, and American Civics at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, MA. Kevin taught at Northern Essex Community College, Merrimack College, Quincy College, The Tsongas Industrial History Center, as well as many high schools in the Merrimack Valley. Kevin created a course on the history of American music and served as Social Studies Department Chair. At NECC Kevin developed and taught an Honors Colloquium titled: The Social and Political History of American Music.

Kevin earned his B.A. in Political Science from Westfield State College and his M.A in American Civilization from the University of Massachusetts Boston. In 2015 Kevin published his first book titled “Troubadours & Troublemakers: The Evolution of American Protest Music.”

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